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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Atlanta rapper Da Brat was ordered to pay $6.4 million to the woman she attacked with a rum bottle, a Cobb County jury ruled Thursday afternoon.

    Da Brat, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, served nearly three years in prison for the 2007 attack against Shayla Stevens, a former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader and waitress. Stevens later filed a civil suit against Harris, and that trial concluded Thursday with the verdict. Harris was ordered to pay $3.7 million in compensatory damages and an additional $2.7 million in punitive damages.

    Harris’ attorney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the amount her client was ordered to pay was excessive considering the prior punishment.

    “I’m baffled,” Attorney B.J. Bernstein said. “She owned up to what happened when it happened and was punished.” But Stevens’ attorney said his client sustained lifelong injuries in the assault, which happened at Halloween party at Studio 72, a club owned by Atlanta hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri.

    “She has a brain injury and is a brain injury survivor,” Mark Link, an attorney for Stevens, told The AJC. “It’s not something that will ever go away. She has a scar on her face. She had so much going for her and for it come to an abrupt stop because of this attack.”

    After serving time at Arrendale State Prison, Harris, 39, is still on probation for the attack. Bernstein said she is unsure if she will appeal the decision.

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    Rain is such a rare occurrence in Los Angeles that many simply don't know how to deal with it.
    While she may have been born in Houston, Texas, Hilary Duff has spent so many years living in the entertainment capital of the world it appears that she's among a large number of stars who have grown soft when it comes to a little downpour.
    On Friday, the actress and singer slipped on a pair of rather over-the-top black Hunter rain boots to run errands in Beverly Hills despite there not actually being any drops falling from the sky at the time.

    If the 26-year-old had really been worried about getting wet, she would have surely carried a raincoat or, at the very least, an umbrella to protect her clearly styled long blonde locks.
    Instead, she opted for just shiny black jeans, a thin black jumper that was pushed up at the sleeves and a long grey scarf, while she held a thin blue denim jacket in her hands.
    The mom-of-one also held on tight to a small notepad, perhaps to jot down any inspiring lyrics that popped into her head during her outing.
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    She completed her outfit with a pale pink handbag featuring silver studded design, which had a racoon's tail adornment.
    The newly separated star looked happy and carefree as she trudged through the streets, wide smile on her face.
    She was dolled up with plenty of pretty, complementary make-up, featuring bronzed skin and soft pink lips and cheeks.

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    As well as working on her fifth studio album, the former Gossip Girl actress is also filming the pilot for a new sitcom, titled Younger, alongside Debi Mazar and Sutton Foster.
    Based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, the show will be executive produced by Sex And The City's Darren Star and shot on location in New York.
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    Kylie Minogue played some of the biggest venues of her 26-year career in music on 2011's Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour, including a five-night stint at London's O2 arena and her first proper North American run with stops at the Hollywood Bowl and Las Vegas' Colosseum at Caesars Palace. So London's tiny Old Blue Last, with a capacity of 120, was a peculiar place for Minogue to kick off the album cycle for "Kiss Me Once," her 12th studio album and first for Warner Bros. in the United States. (Her longtime label home Parlophone was acquired by Warner Music Group in 2013.)

    "It's like every Thursday down at the pub, isn't it?" Minogue joked of the Shoreditch bar, which was re-dubbed "Into The Old Blue Last" in honor of her new single, "Into The Blue"– replete with Kylie karaoke, Kylie bingo and a "Kiss Me Once" photo booth.


    But the change of scenery was fitting for Minogue, 45, who's undergone a bit of a transformation since 2010's "Aphrodite." In early 2013, she parted ways with longtime manager Terry Blamey after 25 years and joined Roc Nation, signed by president Jay Brown. That new relationship inspired her to team up with a bevy of first-time collaborators on "Kiss Me Once," including Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias, Ariel Rechtshaid, MNEK, Greg Kurstin and executive producer Sia. She's also newly single, having split with long-term boyfriend Andres Velencoso last October, which could account for the album's playfully promiscuous vibe. There are no less than three songs with the word "sex" in the title, with the Sia-penned "Sexercise" the most primed for a GIF-worthy music video.

    Minogue says all the change is the result of an "epiphany" she had during her "Kylie 25" campaign in 2012, celebrating her first quarter-century as an entertainer since making a fluke dance-pop hit out of "The Locomotion" in 1987."I felt like I needed a new landscape, and once you've got your feet on the ground you're raring to go," she says. "So far the support has been great, and it's just another part of this amalgamation of 'new' that I had wished for and was struck by."

    One constant, however, is Parlophone chairman Miles Leonard, who's worked with Minogue ever since 2000's "Light Years."Though Minogue had initially announced a break from recording in early 2013, that quickly changed in a matter of months, which coincided with the finalization of Parlophone's acquisition by Warner. As a result, "Kiss Me Once" is the label's first priority release under the new ownership."The thing is with Kylie, whenever she says, 'I'm gonna take a couple months off,' two weeks later it's, 'I'm bored.' She always wants to go straight back onto the the treadmill," Leonard says. "She understands the work ethic and attitude you need to make things happen, and we're immensely proud to have been with her for the more successful period of her career."

    Finding new ground for such a veteran performer was at times a challenge. "When we sat down to come up with ideas, I'd say, 'What if we do this?' And she'd say, 'I did that in '92,'" says Nadja Rangel, Minogue's manager at Roc Nation. But that helped shape the album's touchstone moment, the Pharrell-produced "I Was Gonna Cancel," a slinky futuristic funk jam inspired by a recording session Minogue nearly skipped out upon. "I was just having one of those days where you can't face anyone and you're ready to burst into tears at any point," Minogue says of her time with the uber-producer last May."But luckily this wasn't the first time Pharrell had someone emotional at the studio, and it gave him so much subject matter to write this positive, inspiring song."

    Though Minogue has yet to reach the same heights in the U.S. as she achieved in 2002 with "Fever," which sold 1.3 million copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and spawned the Top 10 hit "Can't Get You Out Of My Head,"she plans on making North America a priority in May once she wraps commitments as a coach on the U.K. and Australia editions of "The Voice.""The fans I have over there are smaller in number, but pretty mighty in their devotion to the cause.And I'm always asked, 'Is this the album that's gonna work over there?' I don't know. I can only make the album that feels right for me."

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    With the Academy Awards right around the corner and films like American Hustle, Her, and Gravity getting all the love, Jordan Rubin's horror comedy Zombeavers is here to remind you that it's pretty friggin' deserving of an Oscar, too!

    “To me it’s all about doing it straight,” Rubin tells THR about the film, assuring fans it’s not the next Sharknado. “It’s a serious situation. It’s pure horror. Playing to the reality is so funny.”

    Starring Cortney Palm, Lexi Atkins, Rachel Melvin, Hutch Dano and Jake Weary, Zombeavers is an action-packed horror/comedy.




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    A group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. A weekend of sex and debauchery soon turns gruesome as the beavers close in on the kids. Riding the line between scary, sexy, and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the hoard of beavers that attack them in and around their cabin.








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    Who needs to be a superhero when you can be a super dad?

    With two more babies on the way, and 21-month-old Indian Rose growing bigger every day, Chris Hemsworth has really started to get this parenting thing down.

    The 29-year-old found the perfect way to get his daughter to go to sleep on Monday in Malibu, California - taking her for a bike ride.




    Popping the little girl in an iBert seat on the front of his Townie bike, the Thor star used peddle power to lull her off to the land of nod.

    As her father rode around, India tried valiantly to keep her eyes open but quickly got sleepier and sleepier before her chin dropped down to rest on her chest.



    Making sure the 21-month-old was safe, Chris strapped a pink and white helmet on her but skipped doing the same for himself.

    For his bike ride the Rush star threw on some black shorts with a grey T-shirt, a pair of sneakers and a baseball cap with the slogan 'Natural Addiction' (it's from the catering company that provided food services for Heart of the Sea) on it.

    The star was obviously planning on stopping at few scenic spots, as he also brought along his camera.

    While Chris was dressed like it was summer, little India meanwhile was rugged up, wearing thee-quarter length pants, a grey jumper over a pink turtle neck and pink sneakers with bright blue socks.

    It was no wonder the toddler was tired, as she had a big day on Monday having gone out shopping with her mother Elsa Pataky in the morning.


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  • 03/01/14--06:36: Oscar Pistorius Mega Post

  • Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius showed his pistol prowess by blowing apart a watermelon with a single shot sometime before he gunned down his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, according to video taken at a shooting range.
    “It’s a lot softer than brain but ... it’s like a zombie stopper,” said a man whose voice “sounds very much” like Pistorius, according to Sky News.
    The revelation of the video showing Pistorius blasting a shotgun and handgun at the firing range comes as his murder trial is slated to begin Monday in the Valentine’s Day 2013 death of Steenkamp. In the Sky News video, Pistorius — wearing sunglasses and gun range noise-muffling headphones — fired a shotgun four times. The double-amputee track star then pointed a silver handgun at the watermelon. He gripped the silver gun with two hands and squeezed off one shot that blew the melon to bits.
    Gleeful shouts and laughter are heard from unidentified people in the background.South African rugby star Francois Hougaard is seen in the video with Pistorius. Hougaard and Steenkamp dated before she became romantically involved with Pistorius. Steenkamp and Hougaard exchanged text messages on Valentine’s Day — the day she was killed. Hougaard, 25, is expected to testify against Pistorius at the upcoming trial.

    Sky News did not say when or where the video was taken.




    “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius is romancing a teenage college student while awaiting trial for the Valentine’s Day slaying of his model ex-girlfriend. But the double-amputee sprinter reportedly wears a disguise to avoid detection when he goes out with Leah Skye Malan, a 19-year-old who is studying to be a paramedic. Despite his cloak-and-dagger efforts, “it was hard not to spot him,” a source told the London Sun.
    Pistorius, 27, met Malan in December in Mozambique, where the teen was vacationing with her parents and younger brother, according to the Sun. “They both seem really into each other. She’s helped support him through this difficult time and has introduced him to all her family,” a source said. “They have embraced him.” Malan is believed to be the first woman Pistorius has dated since his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was found dead in his upscale pad in a gated community in South Africa on Valentine’s Day 2013.


    South Africa's lead detective in the Oscar Pistorius murder investigation has flown to Apple's headquarters in California in a last-minute bid to access his deleted phone messages, according to a report. The transcontinental visit ahead of next week's trial follows months of struggle by the South African Police Service to gain access to the double-amputee's iPhone 5, the Telegraph reported.
    The phone was recovered lying outside the bathroom where Pistorius' model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, was found brutally shot to death on Valentine's Day last year. When questioned by authorities, Pistorius, an Olympic track star, claimed to have forgotten his Apple ID code used to log into the device. The phone was one of four cell phones found in Pistorius' high-security estate on the morning' of her death, the Daily News previously reported.
    None of the devices had made any calls on the morning of the shooting, Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha testified in court that month. Pistorius, in a statement, claimed to have made a number of calls shortly after Steenkamp was shot, including one to a private ambulance service. South African authorities last month complained that the FBI was dragging its feet in collecting potentially incriminating evidence from the device. Details on what they expect they'll find were not stated.


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    The judge in the case has ruled in favor of the trial being broadcast live, despite objections from Reeva's family. Trial starts Monday.

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    This is the fifth of five "brutally honest" Oscar ballots shared with THR by Academy members, one of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the first, the second, the third and the fourth.) Needless to say, these voters' views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR

    VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy's 378-member writers branch who has won an Oscar himself.



    BEST PICTURE
    I just listed four: Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave and Her. Philomena is at the top of my list because it's the kind of film that I approve of: it's a film that depends on its emotional content, it's a simple film, it's a surprising film, it depends on a good script and it just hangs in there all the way right up until an ending that concludes the action emotionally. Dallas Buyers Club, which I loved for the same reasons, would have had my vote had I not seen Philomena the night before voting ended. 12 Years a Slave I ranked third only because I felt as if I had seen that film before. And then there's Her, which I suppose I could have ranked higher because I did enjoy it and really felt it was a superb job of filmmaking. The others all had things that bothered me about them. I didn't think that American Hustle held together. I did think that Wall Street is the first time in about 15 years that Scorsese has shown some real energy and enjoyment in filmmaking; on the other hand, I thought it was repetitive and should have been 45 minutes shorter -- he was throwing in every little bit of shtick. And Gravity is kind of a stunt feature; there's no particular suspense about what's gonna happen.

    MY PICKS: (1) Philomena, (2) Dallas Buyers Club, (3) 12 Years a Slave, (4) Her

    BEST DIRECTOR
    As a fan of Alexander Payne's, I was really disappointed in Nebraska. I couldn't vote for [Alfonso] Cuaron because I didn't like the way the big male movie star [a facetious reference to George Clooney] was used -- he seemed like a silly character to me -- and because it's very hard for me to separate, on a movie like that, directing from special effects. And then, in 12 Years As a Slave [sic], there were a lot of things to coordinate and he [Steve McQueen] did kind of a masterly job -- a masterly casting job, too!

    MY PICK: Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

    ➻ BEST ACTOR
    I've been a fan of Bruce Dern for years, but I thought Nebraska was just a big disappointment and that he was not nearly half as good as he was in Big Love; he was just standing around with his mouth open most of the time. Christian Bale was good, but the picture didn't make a lot of sense to me. Leo [DiCaprio] totally threw himself into Wolf and he seemed to be improvising at times -- very well -- but he was doing a role that he'd done before. I do love that actor from 12 Years a Slave, whose name I can't pronounce; I couldn't really fault him at all. So it came down to a choice between him and Matthew McConaughey, whose role really captivated me -- and who really impressed me in three different things this year.

    MY PICK: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

    ➻ BEST ACTRESS
    I thought all along that I was gonna vote for Sandra Bullock. Of all the movie stars stranded in a non-rescue situation -- in other words, her, [Robert] Redford [in All Is Lost] and Tom Hanks [in Captain Phillips] -- she was the best, by far, and showed a fantastic range of emotion, and if she gets it I won't be disappointed. Amy Adams was good but not her best, and the device of having her breasts hanging down in every single costume was a little distracting, plus the movie just didn't do it for me. Cate Blanchett? God, she was fabulous -- except I thought the dice were stacked against the younger sister [Sally Hawkins], and sometimes I will not vote for an actor if the movie bothers me. Speaking of which, I didn't like the Meryl Streep movie [August: Osage County], and it was certainly not my favorite Meryl Streep performance. Philomena was the absolute last film I saw before voting, and I was totally amazed because it's a movie that seemed to be taking you in a tearjerking, soap opera direction at almost every turn, and yet it never does; it turns away from sentimentality because her [Judi Dench's] character isn't having any of it.

    MY PICK: Judi Dench (Philomena)

    ➻ BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    This was easy. They were all good, but Jared Leto just did something that I'd never seen anybody do before. He played a character who was a transvestite but is not apologetic or self-conscious at all; he's a take-charge guy and, at the same time, he's proud of his femininity. It's bizarre, but he certainly holds your attention.

    MY PICK: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

    ➻ BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    I liked every single one of these. Sally Hawkins I just adore, but I thought the script sold her short and made her into more of a caricature than she had to be. The same thing with Jennifer Lawrence, whom I love and admire and voted for before; I didn't like the part she was playing and I thought it was much more limited than hers was last year. August: Osage County was just a filmed play and I didn't much like the play or Julia Roberts' character, but I thought she was excellent. I was tempted to vote for June Squibb, but she really just delivers a few good lines in that. But this woman in 12 Years a Slave made an impression that was immensely powerful -- I mean, just her face was something new in Hollywood and something astonishing to me in that movie. So I voted for her.

    MY PICK: Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)


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  • 03/01/14--07:11: Friday pre-Oscar parties!
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    Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party presented by Perrier-Jouet, MAC Cosmetics & MaxMara at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on February 28, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.



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    Amid the buzz over whether Twin Peaks and its dead homecoming queen Laura Palmer are set to be resurrected by creator David Lynch, we've gathered our fave films of that ilk into a veritable K-hole of mind-bending weirdness.


    ENTER THE VOID (2009)



    French provocateur Gaspar Noé, whose Irreversible features sound at nerve-shredding riot-dispersal frequency, delivers a startling sensory assault from the very opening credits with this film, based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Set in neon-lit Tokyo, it's seen from the point-of-view of small-time drug-dealer Oscar, who drifts through post-death hallucinations after he's shot dead while tripping on DMT.

    THE FOUNTAIN (2006)



    Darren Aronofsky's unapologetically grandiose romantic SF flick sees a doctor struggle to accept that his ailing wife is about to die. Interweaving different planes from the story the characters are writing – a Mayan jungle through which a 16th-century conquistador is questing for the Tree of Life for his queen, and a future outer space of golden nebulas where the connection between all existence can be gleaned – the film is a mad trip of sprawling complexity.

    PERSONA (1966)



    In Swedish maestro Ingmar Bergman's profoundly eerie and unsettling psychological horror, a nurse (Bibi Andersson) and a famed actress who has inexplicably stopped speaking (Liv Ullman) torment each other at a seaside cottage. Reality's borders mutate as the division between the two women begins to dissolve in this bleak masterpiece of startling images.

    STALKER (1979)



    The laws of physics as we know them don't apply in the "forbidden zone", a water-drenched wasteland of flux cordoned off by the military that provides the mystical setting of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's visually stunning Soviet-era masterpiece. A stalker leads an expedition there toward a room said to fulfill innermost desires.

    LOST HIGHWAY (1997)



    An entry is surely due for the man inspired this list, a filmmaker whose career is a mental oeuvre of what-the-fuckness. My personal David Lynch favourite is this alarming and eerie neo-noir number in which a saxophonist and his wife are terrorised by anonymously delivered videotapes, a mystery man with seeming teleportation powers, and warping space-time that doubles them into doppelgangers.

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    what are your favourite fucked-up / mindfuck films, ONTD?


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    WORST PICTURE
    After Earth
    Grown Ups 2
    The Lone Ranger
    A Madea Christmas
    Movie 43

    WORST ACTRESS
    Halle Berry, The Call and Movie 43
    Selena Gomez, Getaway
    Lindsay Lohan, The Canyons
    Tyler Perry, A Madea Christmas
    Naomi Watts, Diana and Movie 43

    WORST ACTOR
    Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger
    Ashton Kutcher, Jobs
    Adam Sandler, Grown Ups 2
    Jaden Smith, After Earth
    Sylvester Stallone, Bullet To The Head, Escape Plan, and Grudge Match

    WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Lady Gaga, Machete Kills
    Salma Hayek, Grown Ups 2
    Katherine Heigl, The Big Wedding
    Kim Kardashian, Tyler Perry’s Temptation
    Lindsay Lohan, InAPPropriate Comedy and Scary Movie 5

    WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Chris Brown, Battle of the Year
    Larry The Cable Guy, A Madea Christmas
    Taylor Lautner, Grown Ups 2
    Will Smith, After Earth
    Nick Swardson, A Haunted House and Grown Ups 2

    WORST SCREEN COMBO
    The Entire Cast of Grown Ups 2
    The Entire Cast of Movie 43
    Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, Scary Movie 5
    Tyler Perry and EITHER Larry the Cable Guy OR That Worn-Out Wig and Dress, A Madea Christmas
    Jaden Smith and Will Smith on Planet Nepotism, After Earth

    WORST DIRECTOR
    The 13 People Who Directed Movie 43
    Dennis Dugan, Grown Ups 2
    Tyler Perry, A Madea Christmas and Temptation
    M. Night Shyamalan, After Earth
    Gore Verbinski, The Lone Ranger

    WORST SCREENPLAY
    After Earth, screenplay by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan; story by Will Smith
    Grown Ups 2, written by Fred Wolfe, Adam Sandler, and Tim Herlihy
    The Lone Ranger, screen story and screenplay by Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe, and Terry Rosso
    A Madea Christmas, written by Tyler Perry
    Movie 43, written by 19 “screenwriters”

    WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL
    Grown Ups 2
    The Hangover Part III
    The Lone Ranger
    Scary Movie 5
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    CHICAGO -- The stars of the Chicago Blackhawks didn't let a little snow stop them from putting on a show at Soldier Field.

    Captain Jonathan Toews had a highlight-reel goal among his three points, Patrick Kane set up another and the Blackhawks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in a Coors Light 2014 NHL Stadium Series game Saturday night in front of 62,921 at the home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

    The snow began a couple of hours before puck drop at the stadium a few hundred feet from the Lake Michigan shore and did not stop. The precipitation was heavy early in the game and for a stretch during the second period.

    Large quantities were shoveled off the playing surface during stoppages of play, and long passes along the ice left trails in their wake, but the Blackhawks did not appear troubled by the conditions. Chicago asserted its might early in this contest and did not relent until the three-goal lead was secured.

    The victory pushed the Blackhawks ahead of the St. Louis Blues by two points in the Central Division, though the team that just acquired goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott has three games in hand. Miller will make his Blues debut Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

    Pittsburgh has now lost two straight since the NHL returned from a break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and three overall, but remains comfortably in front of the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference. Missing several key players because of injury has been a theme for much of this season, but the Penguins looked like a team that was missing its top two defensemen and a first-line forward against the deep and talented Blackhawks.

    Patrick Sharp gave the Blackhawks the lead at 15:35 of the opening period. Toews sent a pass from behind the Pittsburgh net to Sharp in the right circle, and he snapped a shot into the top left corner of the net for his 29th goal of the season.

    Toews made it a 2-0 lead midway through the second period with possibly the prettiest goal scored in an NHL outdoor game. The Blackhawks captain collected the puck at center ice and blew past Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik with a backhand-forehand deke before slipping a backhanded shot through goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's legs for his 20th goal of the campaign.

    Shortly after the Penguins' best shift of the first two periods, the Blackhawks scored a counter-punch goal to make it 3-0. Pittsburgh had an extended shift in the offensive zone, and seconds later were pushing again but caught with too many players in deep.

    The Blackhawks collected the puck and went the other way on a 3-on-1 break. Kane carried it into the offensive zone and waited for Kris Versteeg to reach the far post before feathering a pass to the blade of his stick for a lay-up at 16:43 of the second.

    Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook put the puck in his own net to but the Blackhawks' lead to 3-1 at 6:21 of the final period. Pittsburgh forward James Neal backhanded the puck from the side of the net, and Seabrook swept it into his own net instead of to the corner like he intended. Neal was credited with his 22nd goal of the season.

    Bryan Bickell restored the three-goal advantage and ended any doubt at 13:57 of the third. Pittsburgh native Brandon Saad fed Bickell with a pass on a 2-on-1 break, and while Fleury stopped his first attempt, the big forward was able to stuff his second attempt under the goaltender for his ninth of the season.

    Toews added the final tally on another 2-on-1. Sharp sent him a pass and Toews' shot went off Fleury and defenseman Simon Despres before trickling across the goal line at 17:52 of the third period.

    CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews remembers watching Sidney Crosby lift the Stanley Cup in 2009 and imagining himself in a similar position.

    Toews matched Crosby's feat a year later and climbed to the top of the NHL mountain a second time in 2013. He and Crosby have been two of the premier players in the League for years. They're considered two of the best captains in the NHL and have been collecting individual and team honors at various levels of hockey for the past decade.

    One thing Crosby and Toews have not done is play against each other. That will change Saturday when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks meet at Soldier Field in a primetime Coors Light 2014 NHL Stadium Series matchup (8 p.m. ET; NBC).

    "It's kind of weird that it's taken this long," Crosby said. "I think I've been hurt for a few games, but I think just knowing that either we're going to go head-to-head or if not, I think he's a guy who's pretty competitive. That whole group of guys that I've played with for the last few weeks are pretty competitive guys and have a lot of pride, so I'm sure they'll be up for this one.

    "But yeah, going head-to-head against [Toews], I'm sure it'll be a good challenge."

    These franchises have met four times since Toews joined the Blackhawks at the start of the 2007-08 season, but Crosby has been unavailable each time. He missed games against Chicago on Feb. 27, 2009, and Dec. 5, 2009, because of separate groin injuries. He missed games against the Blackhawks on Feb. 20, 2011, and Dec. 20, 2011, because of lengthy absences stemming from post-concussion symptoms.

    The first meeting of Crosby and Toews, two of the League's marquee stars, would be noteworthy at any point on the calendar. It carries extra significance because of the setting of this game at the home of the Chicago Bears and because of the stage they shared six days ago.

    Toews had the opening goal and Crosby followed with the second in a 3-0 victory for Canada against Sweden in the gold-medal game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Crosby centered the top line for a dominant Canadian team, and Toews was in the middle of the second line.

    "We don't see Pittsburgh too often to begin with, but I think it is always fun to play against the top guys in the League and he is pretty much that guy," Toews said. "It will be interesting to see how we match up."

    Crosby and Toews are one of several interesting storylines for a game featuring two of the top franchises in the NHL. Chicago and Pittsburgh share similar recent history; each has climbed from the depths of the standings to become consistent Stanley Cup contenders.

    Crosby and Evgeni Malkin led the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances in 2008 and 2009. Toews and Patrick Kane led the revival in Chicago, and the Blackhawks won the Cup in 2010 and 2013.

    The teams are among the top Cup contenders again in 2013-14.

    "They've had a great year and they have some firepower over there," Kane said. "We feel the same way about our team. I think that's a great matchup to have for this kind of game. It is two teams that a lot of fans want to watch on TV, and when you mix in the Stadium Series type of game like this, it makes it even more entertaining."

    The fact the Penguins and Blackhawks haven't played each other in more than two years adds a little spice.

    "You might have three opponents like this for our team. You're playing a Western Conference team and we don't play them very often," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "They are Stanley Cup champs and again, one of the best teams, best records in the League. I think when the schedule comes out and before you know this is going to be an outdoor game, you know you're facing the Blackhawks first and foremost. You circle that as a big date, a big game on your calendar."

    While Crosby and Toews experienced Olympic triumph, Kane and Malkin came back from Sochi with similarly frustrating stories to tell. Each struggled to produce at expected levels, and neither came back with a medal.

    Bylsma coached Kane with the United States team in Sochi and had a chance to see more of one of the League's most talented players in person.

    "You see it live, and he's a head-shaker," Bylsma said. "Some of the stuff that he does, bringing the puck up on our power play and distributing the puck, I had seen it and watched it, but he's just got some nasty skill with the puck. I call it head-shaker because he makes a play and pulls up and floats a pass right onto someone's tape and you have three or four guys on the bench just shaking their heads at how good he is with the puck."

    This game will not only be a matchup of two of the NHL's top clubs but a celebration of how the Blackhawks and Penguins have become two of the top hockey markets in the United States. They were at the bottom of the heap a decade ago; now they are in the midst of lengthy sellout streaks, consistently deliver strong television ratings, and are among the NHL's go-to teams for events such as this one.

    "Chicago is a team that everyone likes to watch on TV," Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "The way they play, I know the guys in our room has a lot of respect for the guys on their team and the way their team plays. I think it is a more of a measuring stick to see where you are at. It is a good challenge for our team."

    Kane said, "I like watching Crosby and Malkin, just kind of to see how they're playing and see if I can pick up anything or what they're doing on the ice. They are, it seems like, a well-coached team that plays hard. The bottom two lines are tough to play against, and it seems like they follow a team-oriented structure that works for them. They've been a good team for a long time, and you can see why."




    GREENSBORO, N.C. -- American gymnast Elizabeth Price has been dealing with injuries off and on since the 2012 Olympics.

    Now that she's healthy, Price is showing why she could be a contender at the 2014 World Championships. Price dominated the field to win the women's all-around title Saturday at the American Cup, the only major international gymnastics competition held in the United States.

    "USA Gymnastics knew what I was capable of," said Price, an alternate on the team that earned the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. "This was just me coming back and saying 'I'm still here and I'm still as good.'"

    Price scored 15 points or better in two of four events, including a 15.7 on the vault. She was the top scorer in three events and finished with a total score of 59.966 points, ahead of American Brenna Dowell (57.532). Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland was third.

    Defending national and NCAA champion Sam Mikulak won the men's all-around title after a mistake by Japan's Shogo Nonomura in the final event at the Greensboro Coliseum flipped the standings.

    Mikulak finished with a total score of 90.098 points to 88.965 for Nonomura, whose last World Cup title came in 2011 at Stuttgart, Germany.

    Daniel Purvis of Great Britain was third at 88.899, and moved to the top the overall World Cup standings ahead of Andrew Likhovitskiy of Belarus by 25 points.

    "I don't always like winning by someone else falling, but I'll take my victories and be happy I came out on top," said the 21-year-old Mikulak, who finished sixth at last year's world championships.

    The 17-year-old Price won her second World Cup title this season, her fourth overall, and clinched a share of the overall World Cup championship with her performance.

    In the overall World Cup standings, Price holds a 35-point lead over Italy's Vanessa Ferrari with one event remaining on April 15 in Tokyo.

    "I was able to hit all four pretty strong routines," said Price, who was invited to the American Cup after 2012 Olympic medalist Kyla Ross withdrew because of an injured knee. "I knew I was in first, because they tell us after every rotation. But I had no idea of what the range was.

    "But it's pretty cool. No matter what happens at the next World Cup event, I'll definitely have a medal."

    Mikulak, competing in his first World Cup event, had two scores of 15 points or higher, including a 15.666 in the floor exercise. But Nonomura, whose last World Cup title came in 2011 at Stuttgart, Germany, posted three 15s in the first five events. He held a 0.234-point lead heading into the high bar.

    However, after Mikulak had posted a 14.9 on his routine, Nonomura lost his grip on the bar. He finished the event with a 13.533, helping Mikulak move into the lead.

    "I regret making that mistake," Nonomura said through a translator. "I hit everything, but not as strong as I usually do."

    Mikulak, who was watching the final routines, said he knows just how Nonomura felt after the fall.

    "I feel especially bad for him," Mikulak said. "Last year at worlds, I was up there in the all-around rankings and could have been second if I had hit my high bar set. But I made a mistake and fell.

    "I was rooting for him. If I was going to beat him, I wanted to beat him at his best and respectfully take the second if it came my way. But it came out with me on top. Now, I've got to get back to the gym and train so that it doesn't happen to be such a nail-biter the next time."


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    14.733 (finally hit that Tweddle! \o/)


    15.400


    Everyone's favorite racist flopped on beam, btw.


    14.900






    Liverpool put themselves into the Premier League title reckoning as they moved into second place yesterday evening, winning on a ground where the two teams they climbed above, Arsenal and Manchester City, had settled for draws.

    Luis Suarez celebrated his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool by scoring for the first time since the 4-0 victory over Everton on 28 January, a drought of five matches in all competitions. Raheem Sterling then netted with his first touch after taking the field as a second-half substitute to ensure Liverpool’s ninth League match without defeat, a fourth successive victory and a first win at St Mary’s since 2003. Steven Gerrard added a late penalty after Jose Fonte had tripped Suarez to make the win appear more comfortable than it was.

    Saints beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield in September and 3-1 at St Mary’s in March – arguably the Reds’ most disappointing performance of last season – but yesterday the visitors rode out several spells of pressure to inflict back-to-back League defeats for Southampton and record a welcome clean sheet.

    The subplot was the presence of nine members of Roy Hodgson’s squad for Wednesday’s England friendly against Denmark at Wembley – four from Saints, including the newly called-up Luke Shaw, and five from Liverpool, though Raheem Sterling began on the bench.

    Southampton made one change to the team that lost 3-1 away to West Ham seven days previously, restoring Croatia defender Dejan Lovren to the centre of the back four for his first appearance since suffering an ankle ligament injury in the 2-2 draw away to Sunderland on 18 January. Liverpool’s only change from the team that beat Swansea City 4-3 last weekend was a place for Joe Allen at the expense of Sterling.

    No doubt buoyed by the news of Arsenal’s defeat at Stoke City, Liverpool pressed forward from the kick-off, and came close to an opening goal in the first five minutes when Allen’s first-time pass sent Sturridge clear down the right It looked certain that a square pass would set Suarez up for a tap-in, but Sturridge did not put quite enough pace on the ball and Fonte slid in to intercept at the expense of a corner.

    There was a brief scare when Shaw went down in a heap after an aerial challenge with Liverpool’s right-back, Jon Flanagan, but he continued after treatment. Flanagan was involved in another incident soon afterwards when he challenged Adam Lallana in the penalty area. The Saints captain fell, but Lee Probert, the referee, was unimpressed.

    Instead of going a goal down, Liverpool found themselves ahead after 16 minutes. Suarez collected a throw-in on the left and moved infield, intent on exchanging passes with Sturridge. Southampton intercepted Sturridge’s return only for the ball to ricochet off Fonte and back into the path of Suarez, who slipped the ball low past the left hand of Artur Boruc.

    Southampton should have been level just past the half-hour. Jay Rodriguez crossed from the right and Rickie Lambert chested the ball down into the path of Lallana. An excellent first touch gave the latter the space he needed to slip the ball past Simon Mignolet, but he rolled his shot against the foot of the post instead of into the net.

    Liverpool, were now being increasingly starved of possession, although that was no excuse for Sturridge throwing himself at the turf on two occasons in the vain hope that Probert would err in his favour.

    Rodgers brought off the increasingly ineffective Philippe Coutinho for Raheem Sterling, and it paid off instantly. Suarez took Steven Gerrard’s pass from deep and turned into space on the right. His low cross found Sterling, who stabbed the ball low past Boruc, 80 seconds after taking the field.

    Line-ups:

    Southampton (4-3-3): Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; S Davis (Ramirez, h-t), Cork (Wanyama, 76), Schneiderlin; Lallana, Lambert (Gallagher, 76), Rodriguez.

    Liverpool (4-1-3-2): Mignolet; Flanagan, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson; Gerrard; Henderson, Coutinho (Sterling, 57), Allen; Sturridge (Aspas, 86), Suarez.

    Referee: Lee Probert.

    Man of the match: Suarez (Liverpool)

    Match rating: 7/10

    sources: blackhawks.nhl//nhl//espn//USAG YT//Independent

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    Enjoy the political and personal machinations of Claire Underwood — aka Robin Wright — while you can. Wright made her directorial debut with the 10th episode of "House of Cards" Season 2, and she says it made her realize she prefers directing to acting.

    "I have the bug. I love it. I wanna keep doing it. Kinda wanna stop acting … not kidding," Wright told a group of reporters at a "House of Cards" press day earlier this month. "I'm such a control freak. That's really the truth of it, and being in this business now for almost 30 years, I've been biting my tongue for so many years on sets, 'C'mon, we've been doing it forever, we know how this scene should be.' And you can't say anything … so it's nice to be at the helm of the ship, because you're allowed, you're granted clemency, to direct.

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    "And you know how to direct an actor because you are an actor … a lot of directors don't know how to direct actors, because they've never done it before, and it's actually fiercely destructive to say, 'Have more energy!' or 'Can you be sadder?' … It warps your brain, because you are a puppet as an actor, in a sense, and you want to try to achieve the direction you've been given, and that is virtually impossible. You can't play a descriptive word like that. 'Be evil' … give me a scenario, give me a story, give me what would allow me to portray evil. Give me an idea, a reference of some kind."

    Wright, in "The Yo Show" clip above, gets glowing reviews from series creator Beau Willimon, and Kevin Spacey and Michael Gill, who are among the co-stars she directed in the "HoC" episode that finds the Underwoods — no major spoilers ahead — caught up in a brewing White House scandal.

    And despite her philosophy against using descriptive words as directorial suggestions, she does admit there's one actress that kind of direction works on: her, when it comes courtesy of "House of Cards" producer-director David Fincher.

    "He's got his own style completely. He has his own style with me … He does something different with me than he does with everybody else," said Wright, who won a Golden Globe last month for the first season of "House of Cards." "And that's why he's a great director, because he picks up on the nuance of the person, that aura that you are … and he knows how to get it out of you.

    "With me, he just yells out, funnily enough, those descriptive phrases, and it works, because he doesn't call, 'Cut.' He just keeps … Claire says a line and he'll just go, 'Don't cut! Say it like this! Say it like you wanna kill your mother! Say it like you are about to fart!' He'll just throw things out at me so fast that I don't have time to think."

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    Barkhad Abdi is in the running for Oscar gold Sunday, but actual wealth eludes him.

    Abdi has been widely praised for his role in “Captain Phillips” as the desperate pirate Muse, and even ad-libbed the film’s signature line: “I’m the captain now.” But a New Yorker story reveals that he is now struggling to support himself.

    “When Abdi is in Los Angeles to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, good at the Beverly Hilton, where the studio likes to put him up. The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners,” reads the article. “Recently Abdi requested that he be allowed to stay at a commuter hotel near LAX to be closer to his friend, a Somali cabdriver from Miinneapolis, who shuttles him around for free.”

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    Abdi earned $65,000 for his performance in the $55 million film, but that was more than two years ago. And even with an Oscar nomination, there’s no guarantee of his future earning potential as an actor. Abdi already won a BAFTA for best supporting actor, and is now reading scripts in search of his next role.
    He was working for the limo company when he saw an announcement that a film was looking for actors to play Somali pirates.

    After filming “Captain Phillips,” he went to work at his brother’s mobile phone store in Minneapolis. But he decided to quit when the film premiered.

    “How I thought about it was, like, When the movie came out, reviews either gonna be good or bad,” he told the New Yorker’s Dana Goodyear. “Either way, I cannot be working here.”


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